Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins (c)

in progress

& Ray 5

Introduction - Expression in the self-centered - Expression in developed man - Expression in disciples and initiates - Directives - Mantra - Symbols - Contrasts - Similarities - Famous People 

Sun or Ascendant in Aries with Ray 5



Sun Aries (or Ascendant Aries), R5P (or R5S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R1 and R7

A mild mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges when one considers the fifth ray component of the exoteric ruler, Mars (possibly monadic) and the fifth ray component of the esoteric ruler Mercury (arguably monadic).

Uranus, too, is associated with orthodox science and the fifth ray. Perhaps the mental vehicle of Uranus is the fifth. There are no reinforcements, however, if the rays directly given as transmitted through the rulers of Aries are the only ones taken into consideration. If the fifth ray is the monadic ray of Mars, it would be transmitted only weakly and ineffectively {in our present solar system}, because Mars is a non-sacred planet. The fifth ray through Mercury would be potentially influential, but only in the case of those who are highly advanced and can respond to monadic vibration.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The crude fixation upon the obvious and the immediatean orientation characteristic of the selfish or self-centered Aries person—combines with an exclusive focus upon the testimony of the senses—a limitation of awareness induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

    2. Naively bewildered by sensory reality.

    3. Superficial understanding of life based upon sensory presentation. (Sensory fixation.)

    4. Viewing life mechanistically. Lacking refinement.

    5. A strictly mental and sensory approach to living. Undue emphasis upon “brain power”. Discounting the feeling nature. Imbalance between the male and female aspects of the psyche; the male aspect overpowering.

    6. Mechanical ability.

    7. Fascination with weapons and with the technology of war.

    8. Using the focused mind as an instrument of destruction.

    9. Readily confusing thought with reality.


Advanced Human Being; Aspirant; Disciple: Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign with the ray of either the ray of the personality or soul.

Advanced Human Being; Aspirant; Disciple
Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign, Aries, with the fifth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

    1. The eagerness to venture into the ‘new’an attitude characteristic of the advancing Aries individual—combines with the urge to discover and understand induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the fifth ray.

    2. A daring and fearless mentality.

    3. Overcoming emotional impulsiveness through the power of thought. Leading with the mind.

    4. Making “breakthrough” discoveries.

    5. Inventiveness. Devising new applications.

    6. Aggressiveness and persistence in research.

    7. Propagation of the light. Pioneer in the field of education.

    8. Directing investigations. Bending all mental powers to chosen objectives.

    9. Interested in “pure research”. Venturing into new areas simply because they are “there”.

    10. Using technology to bring new experience and greater freedom.

    11. Brain power” overcomes “brute force”.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: willful penetration into new areas of thought.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: mastering the facts of any new area of enquiry or experience.

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: great energy expended in bringing the hidden to light.

    15. On the Path of Discipleship: controlling the personality from the level of the logical mind. The rational man. “I come forth and from the plane of mind, I rule.”

    16. On the Path of Discipleship: seeking to identify as soul (as a member of the fifth kingdom) and govern the personality (in the light) from that perspective.

Advanced Disciple; the Initiate: Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign with the ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

Advanced Disciple; the Initiate
Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign, Aries, with the fifth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

    1. The Will-to-Initiate (and penetrate into ever-new “points of tension” leading into the Realm of Spirit)dynamic life orientations possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Aries—combine with the power to “unveil the face of the true Spiritual Sun hidden by a disk of golden light”an occult capacity induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

    2. Success in the pursuit of Raja Yoga or Gnani Yoga.

    3. Relative ease in achieving mental polarization.

    4. Power to take the third initiation (if all other preparations have been made). The third initiation is related both to Aries and to the fifth ray.

    5. Determination to use the focused mind to penetrate into the realm of soul; demanding illumination. Controlling the personal life with soul light.

    6. Later, determination to use the focused mind to penetrate into the realm of spirit; demanding inspiration. “The value of a fifth ray mind is however very great, for it means a keen and useful mind and (ponder on this) an open door to inspiration.” (DINA I 120)

    7. Interest in the technology which will reveal the world of the soul. Inventing new ‘machines’ for accessing higher states of consciousness and dimensions of subtle energy.

    8. The illumined mind becomes an agent of the spiritual will. (The close connection between the first and fifth rays allows this).

    9. Power to use the illumined mind to reveal the world of unity and being


(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work. These are Meant to be Suggestive; Your Intuition Will Supply the Directives and Counsels Most Suitable to You)

Directives for Aries and the Fifth Ray
(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work)
(These are Meant to be Suggestive; Your Intuition Will Supply the Directives and Counsels Most Suitable to You)
  1. Ascertain What Is Needed To Begin Correctly

  2. Assert The Fact(s)’

  3. Be First To Discover

  4. Be First To Apply New Technology

  5. Begin With Definition

  6. Be Incisive In Analysis

  7. Be Indefatigable In Pursuit Of Knowledge

  8. Be Sure Of The Facts

  9. Bring New Life To Otherwise Dry Facts

  10. Burn Away Ignorance

  11. Clarify Initiatives

  12. Conceive Of New Research Possibilities

  13. Dare To Speak Only The Truth

  14. Demand Proof

  15. Determine The Initial Cause Of The “Garment Of God”

  16. Direct Investigations

  17. Discover, Scientifically, The Nature Of Spirit

  18. Emphasize Realism

  19. Energetically Pursue Certainty

  20. Enunciate The Truth

  21. Expend Great Energy To Trace The Smallest Fact To Its Source

  22. Fight With Facts Your Weapons

  23. Force It To Function

  24. Get In There And Find Out”

  25. Heroically Face The “Angel With The Flaming Sword”

  26. Identify Yourself With The Light Of Mind

  27. Initiate Discovery

  28. Inquire Into The Relationship Between Initiative And Initiation

  29. Insist Upon Exactitude

  30. Invent Technical Improvements

  31. Launch New Experiments

  32. Make It Work”

  33. Originate Inventions

  34. Persist In Inquiry

  35. Penetrate The “Disk Of Golden Light”

  36. Pierce The Divine Mind

  37. Pioneer Explorations

  38. Plunge Into The Unknown

  39. Push Scientific Discovery Forward

  40. Put Forth The Truth

  41. Research Electric Fire

  42. Start All Undertakings With Common Sense

  43. Smash Against The Wall Of Prejudice

  44. Think Boldly In Terms Of Numbers


Mantra for Aries and the Fifth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Through light-filled, penetrating mind, I seek to apprehend the knowledge which reveals in form the Oneness of all Being.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
Three Minds Unite”, and, Blending, they Disclose the Luminous Oneness of all Being.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R5/Aries

Intent within a ‘Beam of Intensely Focussed Light Divine’, the pioneering ‘Scientist of Life-in-Form’ conceives a new enquiry which yields a new discovery with vital application to the pressing needs of Man.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

    Discover Potentials to be Derived from
    Energetic Contrasts Between Aries and R5

    Utilize these contrasts to understand how these two energies may contrast or conflict with each other when they are found together within the human energy system.


In Comparison With


  1. Transmits R1 and R7 constellationally.

  1. R5

  1. Transmits principally R6, R4, and R7 through its planetary rulers.

  1. R5

  1. Colors: carmine red (or scarlet red) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) red, red-orange, orange, (“roaring orange”).

  1. Colors: orange (exoteric), indigo blue (esoteric)

  1. Note: DO or C

  1. Note: LA or A

  1. Expresses through the crown center, and secondarily, via Mars and Mercury, through the solar plexus and ajna center (near or following the third initiation).

  1. Expresses through the ajna center

  1. Creative Hierarchy II, liberated

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III, liberated and Creative Hierarchy number V/X, unliberated

  1. Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Solar Lives.

  1. Related to the Human Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls.

  1. Identified principally with the Life Aspect.

  1. Identified principally with the Mind Aspect.

  1. Identified principally with the Father Aspect

  1. Identified principally with the Son Aspect, (The Son of Mind is found upon the fifth plane)

  1. Identified principally with Electric Fire and Fire by Friction.

  1. Identified principally with Solar Fire and Fire by Friction.

  1. Experiential

  1. Observational

  1. Entering

  1. Standing back (though penetrating the “Disk of Golden Light”).

  1. Impatient

  1. Patient

  1. Incautious

  1. Cautious

  1. Generally dealing with principles and overlooking detail

  1. Careful consideration of detail

  1. Charismatic

  1. Non-magnetic

  1. Fiery

  1. Cool

  1. Emotional

  1. Non-emotional; “a mind and brain (embodied in a man)” (EP II 169)

  1. Inspiring

  1. Clarifying

  1. Forcing

  1. Reasoning

  1. Vitalizing

  1. Analyzing

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Aries and R5

Utilize these similarities to further understand how these two energies may combine with or reinforce each other (for better of for worse) when they are found within the same energy system.

  1. Mental Indicators: Both Aries and the fifth ray are strongly mental indicators. Zodiacally, Aries rules the head, and the mantram of Aries informs us—“I come forth, and from the plane of mind I rule”. The fifth ray is the great Ray of Mind, and is intimately connected to the entire development of mind and its processes.

  2. The Head and the Mind: The head ruled by Aries, is the home of the mind most characteristically ruled by the fifth ray.

  3. Mineral Kingdom: Aries rules all that is ‘highest’ or ‘lowest’—the mineral kingdom being lowest. Aries rules war, and the weapons of war are largely fabricated from the mineral kingdom. The fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge and Science is particularly used to understand and manipulate the mineral kingdom.

  4. Fertilization by the Fifth Principle: The implantation of the “spark of mind” in animal man was an act of fecundation, an act of fertilization—and thus related to Aries. It was carried out by the members of the Fifth Creative Hierarchy, the Solar Angels, who established their influence upon the fifth plane, the planet of mind. In fact, the fifth principle, the mental principle, was, through this implantation, brought in touch with the brain (ruled astrologically by Aries).

  5. Initiative and Initiation: Aries is the sign of initiative and is one of the chief signs of initiation—eventually, when our planet is further advanced, to surpass even Capricorn in this regard.
    “Aries begins the process and is the ‘initiator of the process which leads to progress’ and—at the end of the age (as it is now at the final or seventh initiation)—the Initiator of the Mysteries will work under instructions and with energies which emanate from the Lord of the Constellation Aries. In the last analysis and esoterically speaking, fire is the great liberator and Aries is the leading fire sign which will eventually “fuse the beginning and the end, blend the opposites and dispel both time and space.” At present, the Initiator of the Mysteries acts under inspiration and with energies emanating from Capricorn—an earth sign—because humanity is, as yet, earth-bound.”
    (EA 304)
    Thus, Aries will be the initiator. This identifies Aries with the Hierophant who begins to function as the One Initiator at that point in the human evolutionary process when the fifth ray comes into power. In Esoteric Psychology II, page 42, we read of the fifth ray that it is associated with: “The power to take initiation. (This is a point of real importance.)” The point when the fifth ray comes into power in the initiatory process (at the third degree) is also the commencement of a process (Aries) in which the One Initiator presides over the rites of initiation.

  6. Ajna Center and Integration: There is strong connection between the directing power of the ajna center (directing the integrated personality and reasonably associated with Aries—among other astrological signs) and the fifth ray which, in most cases, rules the ajna center.

  7. The Spirit and the Disk of Golden Light: The fifth ray is used to penetrate the “disk of golden light” which reveals the Spirit (Aries). Thus it is that the fifth ray leads to the first ray (most potently distributed by Aries). “Enter through that golden door. Thus will the Angel, who is the shadow of the Blessed One, reveal the open door. That Angel too must disappear. The Blessed One remains and passes through that door into the light sublime.” (EP II 38) The “Blessed One” is, in fact, the man who knows himself as spirit.

  8. Will and Mind: Further, Aries and the fifth ray are related because will (under Aries) and mind (under the fifth ray) are intimately related. Always the five leads to the one, just as it does in the Divine Tetraktys.

  9. Will-to-Initiate” and the “Will-to-Act”: Aries is associated with the first ray “Will-to-Initiate”, and the fifth ray to the “Will-to-Act”. The similarity between these two modes of will is evident.

  10. Science Group: 1-7-5: The pioneering activity of Aries (constellationally distributing rays one and seven) will, with the fifth ray, be related to the processes of the fifth Seed Group of Scientific Servers. “It will be carried forward by first ray workers, assisted by seventh ray aspirants, but using fifth ray methods.” (EXH 56)

  11. Related to the Third Initiation: At the third initiation, the fifth ray is predominant, and the center stimulated is the ajna center ruled by Venus and the fifth ray. Aries, initiating the soul into the mysteries of being and resonant to the monad, is often one of the signs active at this initiation.

  12. Relation to the Fifth Initiation: It is reasonable to conclude that Aries should be considered active at the fifth initiation (a kind of Aretian ‘resurrection’ into greater light—the “Revelation”.). The fifth initiation should be considered related to the fifth ray, because the fifth initiation is the first Sirian initiation—the star Sirius being so strongly ruled (though in part) by the fifth ray. The tremendous revelation at the Initiation of Revelation (the fifth) suggests the participation of the “Brother from Sirius” (“a Being of the intensest spiritual light” (EP I 76) Sirius has a far more stupendous luminosity connected to an inexpressibly higher manifestation of the fifth ray in that star system.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

A List of Famous Individuals for Whom Aries is Either the Sun Sign or Ascendant and in Whom the Fifth Ray is Proposed as Prominent

William Harvey
English Physician and Medical Researcher; Discoverer of the Circulation of the Blood (Sun Sign)

Joseph Lister
English Pioneer in Antiseptic Surgical Procedure (Sun Sign and Ascendant)

J.B. Rhine
Pioneer Researcher of Psychic Phenomena (Sun Sign)

Wilhelm Roentgen
German Physicist, Discoverer of the X-Ray (Sun Sign)

Charles P. Steinmetz
German Inventor of Genius, Scientist, Mathematician and Electrical Engineer (Sun Sign)

Wilbur Wright
American Inventor, Aviation Pioneer (Sun Sign)